Last Wednesday, PSFN accompanied NABC to Olympia for a legislative reception in the capitol building. The reception was an opportunity for legislators and visitors to the state house to sample an array of locally produced foods and learn more about the economic benefits that are a result of NABC programs.
PSFN staff were able to update returning legislators and guests on the progress and impact of PSFN since its debut a year ago, showcase PSFN’s unique and evolving role in the regional food economy, and spread the word about the growing success of the Farm to Table project – an especially interesting initiative to representatives from urban districts.
Legislative attendance was high, and PSFN/NABC affiliated producers brought some great products to share. Larry Stap of Twin Brook Creamery came to dole out samples of his delicious Chocolate milk. Dave Dodson of Edaleen Dairy showcased his refreshing peppermint ice cream. Dorie Belisle of Bellewood Acres gave samples of her apples and cider. Karen Bishop of Ebey Road Farm distributed her yummy grain snacks – a big hit with some of the young aides and interns. Sarah Richards of Lavender Wind Farm offered an array of Lavender-infused baked goods, spreads, and health and beauty products. Other products showcased at the event included various pickles from Pleasant Valley Farm (the horseradish sauerkraut and pickles were a favorite!), maple yogurt from Grace Harbor Farm, very popular pepperoni sticks and salami from Del Fox Meats, and Roozengaarde’s tulips – nearly every attendee left with a small bouquet! Other attendees included Jeanne Youngquist of Mike & Jeans, Laura Faley of Hidden Meadow Ranch, Phil Tucker of Whatcom Natural Beef, and Sarita Schaffer of Viva Farms. Thanks to all of the PSFN members and local producers who came to showcase their projects and products.
See more photos and a write-up of the event on the Senate Democrat’s blog post, Senators take time to meet ‘the people behind the potatoes’